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14 August 2014 Military News

Defense Policy / Programs
Defense Industry
Other Conflicts
News Reports

Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 14 Aug 2014 [PDF]
  • Statement by the President The White House 14 Aug 2014
  • DoD Spokesman: Iraq Situation Still Dangerous, Efforts Continue AFPS 14 Aug 2014 -- While the threat of mass violence on Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq has passed, the threat from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant remains, and the United States continues its efforts to assist the Iraqi people caught up in violence, the Pentagon press secretary said today.
  • Obama Praises Success of Humanitarian Operations in Iraq AFPS 14 Aug 2014 -- President Barack Obama has announced an end to the siege of Iraq's Mount Sinjar where Iraqi Yezidis had fled to escape Sunni terrorists, and that U.S. airdrops to those who were trapped there will likely end. But he said airstrikes will continue to protect Americans in the country.
  • Department of Defense Press Briefing by Rear Adm. Kirby in the Pentagon Briefing Room DoD 14 Aug 2014 -- Presenter: Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby
  • Assessment Makes Mount Sinjar Evacuation Less Likely AFPS 14 Aug 2014 -- The findings of an assessment team composed of U.S. service members accompanied by personnel from the U.S. Agency for International Development make an evacuation mission for Yazidis who have sought refuge from terrorists on northern Iraq's Mount Sinjar "far less likely," Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said yesterday.
  • Obama: US Mission in Iraq Makes Progress VOA 14 Aug 2014 -- With the situation 'greatly improved' for Iraqi refugees who'd been stranded on a mountain in northeast Iraq, President Barack Obama said the United States would scale back efforts there and shift to providing more support for Iraqis battling insurgents of the Islamic State group elsewhere in the country.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • Asia-Pacific Rebalance Remains Central to Strategy, Spokesman Says AFPS 14 Aug 2014 -- Despite recent events in the Middle East, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and the Defense Department remain dedicated to the U.S. rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters today.
  • USS Peleliu Visits Guam NNS 14 Aug 2014 -- Amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu 'Iron Nickel' (LHA 5), the U.S. Navy's only remaining LHA class ship, pulled into Guam for a four-day port visit, Aug. 15.
  • Greece, US plan for successful air training AFNS 14 Aug 2014 -- The U.S. and Greek mission planners have been creating scenarios for the training deployment between the two nations in Souda Bay, Greece, which is taking place from Aug. 11-23.
  • New inspection system taking form at Nellis AFNS 14 Aug 2014 -- The publication of Air Force Instruction 90-201, Air Force Inspection System, brought fundamental changes to the way the base conducts inspections.
  • New 'urban beat cop' surveillance system to keep military operators out of harm's way AFNS 14 Aug 2014 -- In an urban (non-combat) environment, information is typically collected by local law enforcement officers who are "walking their beat," officers can become familiar with areas of the city by observing, interpreting and understanding what they see on a daily basis.
  • 2/7 conducts FiST operations during LSE 14 USMC News 14 Aug 2014 -- Marines with Company F, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, conducted fire support operations during Large Scale Exercise 2014 aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Aug. 9-10, 2014.
  • Top US Military Officer in Vietnam for Historic Talks VOA 14 Aug 2014 -- The United States' top military officer is in Vietnam for historic talks with Communist Party officials, as part of the latest effort to expand defense ties between the two former foes.
  • Estonia to Station US Tanks, Combat Vehicles in October RIA Novosti 14 Aug 2014 -- Estonia's Defense Ministry has confirmed that a US Army armored infantry company equipped with M1 Abrams tanks, infantry fighting vehicles and armored personnel carriers will be stationed in the country, Postimees newspaper reported Thursday.
  • Air Force, Creare develop technology to enhance space-based infrared detector operation AFNS 14 Aug 2014 -- The Air Force and Creare, a small, New Hampshire-based business, developed a two-stage turbo-Brayton cryocooler that is expected to enhance operation of space-based infrared detectors. The resulting technology responds to Air Force requirements for improvements in performance of electro-optical space payloads by improving components of the cryocooling system.Managed by personnel at the Air Force Research Laboratory, the multi-phase Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program resulted in turbo-machine-based Brayton cryocoolers, which are ideal candidates for space-based infrared detectors because they are highly efficient, lightweight, vibration-free, multi-stage compatible and have long maintenance-free lifetimes.
  • US tightens control on arms transfer to Israel: Report Iran Press TV 14 Aug 2014 -- The Obama administration has tightened control on arms transfer to Israel after US officials learned that the Israeli military had been quietly securing lethal munitions from the Pentagon without their approval.
  • Washington Approves $320 Million Missile Sale to Turkey RIA Novosti 14 Aug 2014 -- The United States has approved the possible sale of Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) to Turkey following a request from the Turkish government, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said in a statement.
  • Secretary General discusses NATO's adaptation in Norway NATO 14 Aug 2014 -- NATO must adapt to security challenges such as Russia's illegal actions in Ukraine, Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Thursday (14 August) during a visit to Norway. 'For the first time since the end of the Second World War, one country in Europe has seized the land of another by force, and we have to adapt,' he said at a press conference with Prime Minister Erna Solberg.
  • India Emerges as Largest Foreign Customer of US Arms VOA 14 Aug 2014 -- India has emerged as the world's largest arms buyer in recent years, but hopes to reverse this by strengthening its domestic defense industry. The United States was India's largest arms supplier in recent years, dislodging Russia as New Delhi's principal source of weapons.
  • August 14, 2014 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 14 Aug 2014

Defense Industry

Other Conflicts

News Reports

  • Kiev Passes Law Allowing Sanctions Against Russia, Including Transit of Energy RIA Novosti 14 Aug 2014 -- The Ukrainian parliament on Thursday passed a law that allows Kiev to impose 29 different types of sanctions against Russia, one of which covers the transit of Russian energy resources through its territory.
  • Ukraine Passes Law On Russia Sanctions, Gas Pipelines RFE/RL 14 Aug 2014 -- Ukraine's parliament has passed legislation that would allow the government to impose sanctions on Russia. The bill was approved in a final reading on August 14.
  • NSA Program Capable of Launching Attacks Without Human Input – Snowden RIA Novosti 14 Aug 2014 -- During his interview with Wired, Edward Snowden explained that the NSA has a secret program called Monstermind capable of autonomously detecting and responding to foreign cyberattacks.
  • Ebola: UN health agency seeks to allay fears about air travel UN News Centre 14 Aug 2014 -- The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today sought to allay fears amid reports that airlines are suspending flights over the Ebola outbreak by sending out a social media messages with assurances that "unlike infections like influenza and tuberculosis, Ebola is not airborne."
  • Guinea Declares Public Health Emergency Over Ebola VOA 14 Aug 2014 -- Guinea has declared a public health emergency over the Ebola epidemic and is sending health workers to all affected border points, a government official said.
  • Turkey's Erdogan May Be Changing His Attitude Toward Jihadists VOA 14 Aug 2014 -- As prime minister of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan's foreign policy toward jihadist groups like the Islamic State has strained relations with his Western allies. And once again the issue is being raised as Erdogan ascends to his new role as president of Turkey, though it appears a change may be in the offing.
  • Drug control efforts go local in Myanmar's Kachin State IRIN 14 Aug 2014 -- Myanmar's northern Kachin State, renowned for its heroin production, is changing tack in its efforts to curb rampant drug use and cultivation: In addition to crop-substitution programmes, community-led campaigns aim to change minds and steer people towards treatment.
  • ICRC: Still Time to Avert Somalia Famine VOA 14 Aug 2014 -- The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) says there still is time to avert a potentially catastrophic famine in Somalia — but only if donors act now to support critical humanitarian operations.

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